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Craigellachie, the internationally renowned ‘Bad Boy of Speyside’, has arrived in South Africa to bring local fans the award-winning single malt Scotch whisky. And its arrival is being celebrated in true Craigellachie style – by rebelling against conventional whisky norms. Alongside the Craigellachie 13 Year Old and Craigellachie 17 Year Old expressions, South African whisky lovers will soon have a chance to experience the newest expression, which has patiently waited 51 years to be enjoyed. Craigellachie 51 is the Distillery’s newest, oldest whisky to date.
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Unlike many other aged whiskies of this stature, Criagellachie 51 has not been bottled in a fancy crystal decanter, does not carry an exorbitant price tag and is not being shipped to auction houses for only a select few to enjoy. The unique whisky has been resting in oak casks for 51 years already, and it doesn’t deserve to sit on a shelf for another 51 years collecting dust. A whisky this good should be enjoyed right away.
Going against the grain, the Scotch whisky has decided to share its newest yet oldest expression – dram by dram – with fans around the world. Over the past 12 months, Criagellachie 51 – of which there are only 51 bottles available – has toured the world and been made available at special tasting events in London, New York and Sydney; and now, it’s South Africa’s turn. Local whisky appreciators can prepare themselves for a once-in-a-lifetime whisky tasting experience.
Global Ambassador, Georgie Bell, comments: “We wanted to do the unthinkable. We wanted to make a typically collectable Scotch more accessible. We want to give as many people as we can the spectacular chance to try this incredible whisky, because how often does a whisky of this age and calibre actually get tasted?”
Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod, says of the whisky: “51 years encased in oak is an extraordinary length of time. Starting life in 1962 as an aggressive beast, the whisky over the past five decades has developed a softer side, yet still retains the distinct umami, muscular note that Craigellachie is known for.” Describing its taste, Macleod said: “51 years of oak and spirit in perfect balance and harmony has created a whisky exquisite in its purity and rarity. Concentrated notes of ripe orchard fruits and waxed lemons beckon in creamy vanilla and sweet cereals. Smooth and graceful with delicate oak and a fine, dry finish.” The whisky is a testimony to a bygone era and past ditillery workers, who over 51 years ago crafted this precious spirit in coal-fired stills.
Since November 2018, Criagellachie 51 has travelled the world, treating fans to its 51 year whisky wisdom. Now, from the 20th – 21st of November 2019 in Johannesburg and from the 25th – 26th of November 2019 in Cape Town, Craigellachie will host two intimate pop-ups called Bar 51 – a bar within a bar. Over these four nights, fans in both cities stand a chance to be some of the few in the world to taste Criagellachie 51, along with being some of the first in South Africa to try a dram of Criagellachie’s 13 Year Old and Criagellachie’s 17 Year Old, which will be available in South African stores going forward.
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Bar 51 in Johannesburg will be hosted at the experts on Scotch, Whisky Brother Bar in Morningside, while the coastal pop-up in Cape Town will be recreated at the Athletic Club and Social on Bree Street. Reservations go live on the 10th of October 2019, (closing at midnight on the 10th of November 2019) and 96 pairs of free* tickets will be given away across the two cities, chosen at random, from all total entries.
In homage to the dynamic whisky duo that founded the brand and distillery in 1891, Peter Mackie (a skilled whisky maker) and Alexander Edward (businessman and whisky connoisseur) and to bring to life the tasting notes of Criagellachie 13, the brand challenged two popular and skillful local mixologists to curate a bespoke cocktail for the two South African Bar 51 pop-ups. Sabrina Traubner (@SabrinaTraubner) from the Cape Town bartender scene and Devin Cross (@drinkscoach) representing the Joburg crowd, have curated two signature cocktails that will be enjoyed by all guests at Bar 51. ‘Traubner’s aperitif cocktail is called ‘The Mackie’ and features Criagellachie 13 alongside refreshing citrus hints, complemented by toasted coriander seed bitters and tennis biscuit syrup. Cross’s ‘The Edward’ is a dynamic cocktail that celebrates the combination of Craigellachie 13 with salted caramel and apple in a mouth-watering highball.
Whisky lovers can start looking out for Criagellachie whisky in most popular stores for a recommended selling price of R929,00 for Craigellachie 13 Year Old and R2199 for Craigellachie 17 Year Old.
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